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Old 11-23-2014, 07:42 AM
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What do you use?
Old 11-23-2014, 07:51 AM
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I usually use the RC56 glue from Zap. I have used CA to tack it in place before and then i use the RC56 around the perimeter on the outside. It's thin enough to work its way down to the edge of the canopy on the inside. I've also used a bead of V-Poxy to hold the inside edge of the canopy in place before too.
Old 11-23-2014, 08:13 AM
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if anything, be careful with the CA. It can fog up clear plastic. Accelerator can also tarnish some plastics.

RC56 glue all the way, and hold it in place with magnets .. RC 56 cleans up with water also.

http://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=D42

50x magnets around $16


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Old 11-23-2014, 08:19 AM
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I have tried it all. I was hoping there was some miracle glue somewhere. I have never done a canopy that I was
real proud of. Thanks, Mike
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Zap 20 (6-8 spots only) with Ritelock brand) kicker (weaker Foam friendly type generates less heat on cure (Zap kickers will fog for sure) to tack and ZAP 560 bead on the glass edge.
The last (5??) JetPower had an article the way Stefen Volker does it. Not for me, but obviously works for some

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I've had good luck with Goop. Use sparingly. Excess rubs off easily while it's still soft.
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hysol and magnets
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RC56 and lots of magnets.
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Old 11-23-2014, 12:37 PM
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I use zap A Dap a Goo and magnets. Excess can be peeled away easily after drying.
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:29 PM
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RC-56 on smaller things, not sure how it holds up on large jets so I use hysol and the magnets will make the process much easier for sure I bought some just canopies and will be using them on my current project and the next. My Avanti needs some canopy love they didnt do a good job gluing it in. If you have a tight fit RC-56 should work, but if the fit is not as good as some of the large scales hysol maybe the only way.
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Elmers' Glue. Yeah, the white stuff we used in kindergarten. Does the same as RC-56 at a fraction of the cost. And when I need to remove the canopy for any reason, it comes off easier than if I had used RC-56. Never had a problem with any canopy blowing off with Elmers' glue either. Even the jets.

I honestly think that Elmers' glue and RC-56 are pretty much the same product.
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R/C -56 is one and done , dries crystal clear and doesn't let go .
Old 11-24-2014, 01:16 AM
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Also if you go with RC56 just have a bowl of water and a cut up old T shirt. Cut up a soft white one into little squares. Then if the RC56 runs or drips just do multiple wipes until the smeared glue is all gone. I use lots of magnets to hold it in place. Presto!
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Can you give some details on how you use the magnets?
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To be honest all I use is CA and kicker, then I go around the entire edge with 3/4 oz. glass and oil based Minwax urethane followed by primer and topcoat, the trick is to kick the CA of as fast as you can while flooding the the canopy area with a fan, this keeps the CA from fogging the canopy.

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There is a miracle glue...its called E6000. About the same consistency as silicon but buch easier to use. Cleans up without a trace with methylated spirits or alcohol.
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Originally Posted by Lifer View Post
Can you give some details on how you use the magnets?
Here is how I used magnets on my recent Shockwave build. I used RC56.
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Originally Posted by sensei View Post
To be honest all I use is CA and kicker, then I go around the entire edge with 3/4 oz. glass and oil based Minwax urethane followed by primer and topcoat, the trick is to kick the CA of as fast as you can while flooding the the canopy area with a fan, this keeps the CA from fogging the canopy.

Bob

I can't believe no one has said this yet but in the war bird side its pretty common knowledge that we use a little foam safe CA either to tac or completey glue.

The foam safe dose not fog.

I also l 100% silicone
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In my old Comp Arf 3.3 Yaks I used silicone to glue in the canopies, and if I paint the canopy perimeter edge first then I also use silicone to glue the canopy down to the canopy deck, but in recent years I like to paint the canopy decks so CA works great for a stable bond line under the top coat.

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Old 11-24-2014, 07:45 AM
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The Hysol product specifically made for glass/clear surfaces is E-30CL. It has more working time than RC56, cleans us nicely with isopropyl alcohol before it sets and dries absolutely clear. Great for installing canopies. I used it with rare earth magnets on my Ultra Bandit canopy.

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rc4flying,

Thank you! I will likely use it on my next build.
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Craig,
That sounds good.
What is the glue like? hard or soft? thick or thin?
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Originally Posted by jetpilot View Post
Craig,
That sounds good.
What is the glue like? hard or soft? thick or thin?
Scott
Scott,

E-30CL is medium/thin thickness. It's not truly thixotropic but applied in a thin layer does not tend to run. It' easy to control and cleanup as it sets. It dries hard but not rock hard as I recall. FYI, I did an article on canopy installation using magnets and Hysol in this issue of Contrails. It starts on page 12.

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http://www.jetpilots.org/contrails/C...mer%202011.pdf

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Old 11-24-2014, 10:37 PM
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E-6000 is the best stuff as posted earlier. Easily found at hardware stores.

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